Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show, Hosted by Delmarva DockDogs, Tuckerton, NJ

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The Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show is one of our favorite competitions to attend.  This event was the first DockDogs event in which Brian and Cello competed in 2013, when we met Annie, Matt, and Bailey from The Little GSP!  Not only is it very close to our home, but the GSP Rescue of NJ also sets up a table here – and they are one of just many REALLY cool vendors at this large festival.  We especially love that we can compete, and still volunteer the pups as donation dogs in between their jumps!  This was also an especially thrilling event, because Lager won First Place in Senior Division Big Air finals!  Another exciting part of this event, is that a friend and fellow GSP Rescue of NJ volunteer, Jen C. , as well as Jenny’s sister Dana, both jumped Cello… AND got medals!

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Big Air:

21’9″     22’3″

Finals:  22’5       22’2″        4th Place Elite

Extreme Vertical:

5’2″        3rd Place Cadet

Speed Retrieve:

7.972 seconds         5th Place Turbo

**FIRST PLACE WARRIOR IRON DOG! 

 

HOOCH:

Big Air:

23’3″     20’11”       2nd Place Elite

22’0″     21’9″

22’2″    22’5″

Finals:  22′ 7″   23’4″    Third Place Elite

 

LAGER:

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Big Air:

16′     19’0″          2nd Place Senior

18’6″     18’11”     2nd Place Senior

18’2″    18’6″       1st Place Senior

Finals:   19’8″     19’5″     1st Place Senior

Extreme Vertical:

5’10”     1st Place Cadet

We were extremely proud of all 3 of our pups! They earned several awesome ribbons and medals!

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The Liver Killers were pretty exhausted after performing so well, and slept in a Pointer Pile the whole way home! 

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Finding Nemo

Cello’s best friend is Nemo, a 4 year old male Boykin Spaniel.  Cello and Nemo have been buds since the first week they both came home with their humans! “Finding Nemo” was one of the best things that happened to Cello – as Nemo is the only dog Cello truly ever fully “accepted.”  If you have ever seen these two together, you can really see just how alike they are – and just how much they truly enjoy each other.  They have played, swam, had sleep-overs, camped, and of course dock-dived together!

Cello and Nemo lounging on the couch together:

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Cello and Nemo “holding hands” while sleeping during their first sleep-over:

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Nemo, like Cello, has been dock diving for about 1.5 years. In fact, they attended their first-ever dock diving event together!

Nemo’s mom, Cindy, wrote a beautiful article on Nemo, which was published in the Boykin Spaniel Society Magazine, and included a mention of Cello.

The two pictures that were chosen for the magazine happen to be two pictures I took of Nemo and Cello at Nemo’s house.

The article is a wonderful read!

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Although Nemo lives in our town, his mom, Cindy, has recently started a job in Michigan.  Nemo and his parents travel back and forth from Michigan to NJ, and we are often away at dock diving events, so Cello and Nemo don’t get to see each other as often as they used to.

We wish we could gather more often, so we do try to get together whenever both families are home in NJ and have a free weekend!

Blueberry Mutt Muffins

 

 

 

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INGREDIENTS:

1/4 c. blueberries

1 small banana (ripe)

1/2 c. rolled oats

1  1/4 c. rye flour

1 Tbsp honey

 

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

2.  Peel and slice the banana

3.  Put the blueberries, banana, and milk into a blender, and blend until smooth

4.  Pour blueberry-banana-milk mixture into a medium bowl

5.   Add rolled oats and rye flour, and stir until thoroughly combined

6.   Pour/drop batter int a greased mini-muffin pan

7.  Bake for 16 minutes.

Remove promptly from muffin pan and let muffins cool on a wire rack before serving.

Yield: 12 mini muffins

Bark For Bacon-n-Bison Biscotti !! (Gluten Free, Organic,Wheat Free!)

As posted earlier, Cello is on a month-long wheat and chicken free diet to see if we can get her recurring ear infections under control.  I recently found out that buckwheat flour is NOT considered a grain and is wheat and gluten free! It was quite interesting to find out that buckwheat is actually closely related to rhubarb! Cello enjoyed the pumpkin biscotti I had made her, so I decided to try another variety biscotti…

 

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound ground bison (buffalo) (I used Whole Foods Market ground buffalo – their bison meet comes from buffalo who are free range for at least 2/3 of the animals’ lives, have no added antibiotics or growth hormones given to them, and have no animal byproducts in their feed)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I used 365 Brand – found at Whole Foods Market – produced with no added hormones and made with milk from cows not treated with rBGH)
  • 1 cup milk (I used Organic Valley-from cows not treated with rBGH)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups buckwheat flour  (I used Arrowhead Mills – organic)
  • 3 slices of bacon

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook ground buffalo completely, set side.
  3. Cook bacon until very well done, crush to bacon-bit size, set aside.
  4. Combine baking powder and buckwheat flour, and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Add buffalo, cheese, and milk to the dry mixture, and knead with hands until all well combined.
  6. Split dough in half, place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and form 2 meat-loaf shaped loaves, about 1 inch high.
  7. Press bacon pieces into the tops of the two loaves (be sure to firmly press them in or they will fall off while you are slicing the loaves).
  8. Bake for 20  minutes…remove loaves from oven and allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes
  9. Cut both loaves into slices.
  10. Place slices cut-side up onto parchment paper lined baking sheet, and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the slices are dry and crunchy. Flip slices over, and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until the slices feel dry and crunchy (SEE NOTE BELOW).
  11. Remove from oven and let slices cool on wire rack.

**NOTE:  If your dog prefers softer treats, keep the second baking time around 10 minutes per side.  If your dog prefers crunchier biscuits, increase the second baking time to 20-25 minutes per side, depending on how hard you would like the biscotti.  You can also let the boscotti cool in the oven once you turn it off for an even harder treat.

YIELD: about 1-2 dozen, depending on how thick you cut your slices.

Store in refrigerator or freezer.

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Loves cut into slices and ready for second bake time

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Think There Is No Way You Can Help? Think Again!

If you can’t adopt….foster.

If you can’t foster…sponsor.

If you can’t sponsor…volunteer.

If you can’t volunteer…donate or transport an animal to safety.

If you can’t donate or transport…educate, network, and cross-post.

Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life.

~Pit Crew, IL

 

I often hear people say they can’t help because “It’s too upsetting,”  “I don’t have the money,”  “I don’t have the time,” …etc, etc, etc…. well – you CAN help – in many different ways, regardless of your time, level of involvement, or financial situation.  The purpose of this post is to show you that there are many different ways, and numerous levels of participation you can involve yourself in to help save an animal’s life – both with little time, or little/no money!

There are also many people out there who really want to help, but not sure what they can do to assist.  There are plenty of different ways to help either at a local shelter – or a rescue organization.  Remember…Just a few hours can make such a difference for an animal in need!

Contact a local shelter or rescue organization today, and ask how YOU can contribute…there are MANY ways to assist! Here are just some ways how you volunteer to help change the life of a homeless animal:

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LOCAL SHELTERS:

  • Walking and exercising the dogs: Get some exercise yourself while giving a shelter dog a break from the kennel! Walking and playing with shelter dogs can be very rewarding, and provide much-needed exercise and stress-relief for shelter animals.
  • Cleaning kennels: Help keep kennel, walking areas, and play spaces tidy, and help wash kennel bedding to help shelter animals’ stay a more enjoyable one.
  • Donating food, toys, newspapers, old towels and sheets: Have you ever heard the saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure?”  Many items you may normally throw out could be used by shelter pets to provide stimulation, reduce stress, or provide bedding. There are MANY toys, household items, pet care supplies, medical supplies, and even office supplies that shelters could use. Contact the specific shelter to find out what items they could use most.
  • Donating money to the shelter: Most shelters even have an online donation option.
  • Planned Giving: Remember a favorite local shelter in your will.  Making a lifetime gift by bequest is easy.  Simply direct your attorney to include the shelter in your will when it is drafted.  You can designate a specific dollar amount, or percentage of your estate.  You can also bequeath specific assets to the shelter or organization.
  • Sponsoring a shelter animal:  You can sponsor a specific shelter animal by donating monthly to that animal until they find their forever home.  You can decide on the level of support to which you would like to commit, select a shelter pet to designate that support to, and receive updates on that supported shelter animal.
  • Memorial and tribute gifts:  Honor a loved one – human or pet – by making a memorial or tribute donation.  Most shelters and organizations will send a card to whomever you wish to honor with your donation.
  • Get involved at shelter events: Volunteer to help set up, break down, or run a table (sell merchandise, educate people who stop at the table by telling them about the organization, accept donations, etc) for the rescue at events.
  • Foster a pet to free up space at the shelter: Fostering a shelter pet frees up space in the shelter for other incoming animals.  It is also a very rewarding experience, and a personal way to get involved in saving an animal’s life. Fostering increases the number of animals a shelter can save, and plays a huge part in the shelter’s ability to find homes for homeless animals.  Most shelters will provide veterinary care, supplies, advice, and more while the animal is in your care. Contact a local shelter for specific details.

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RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Become a foster: Fostering is a critical part of an organization’s success.  Fostering provides a loving a stable environment for an animal until they can be adopted into their forever home.
  • Transport animals to their foster or adoptive homes: Drive a “leg” or two of a transport!  Most legs are only an hour or so long, and just an hour’s drive can help get a homeless animal closer to their foster or adoptive family.
  • Be a coordinator: Help coordinate or monitor transports, or help by working with shelters and other groups who need assistance with animals in need. Coordinators receive information about dogs in need, and work with the shelter and rescue to place dogs in foster homes.
  • Perform home visits/inspections for  potential adopters: Visit homes of nearby potential adopters and evaluate the home, property, and family for rescues in order for decisions to be made for adoption approvals.
  • Make phone calls: Call potential adopters to review applications, and applicants’ veterinarians for background checks in order for decisions to be made for adoption approvals.
  • Evaluate a animal in a shelter: Visit a specific animal in a shelter to analyze it’s temperament, overall health, etc.
  • Get involved in a fundraising event for the organization: Volunteer to help set up, break down, or run a table (sell merchandise, educate people who stop at the table by telling them about the organization, accept donations) for the rescue at events.  There are even more opportunities for fundraising, or participating in the event itself.   Some events you can even bring your dog – have them participate as a donation dog!
  • Donate: Rescue organizations depend greatly on donations from supporters.  Most rescues are all-volunteer non-profit organizations. Monies donated go directly to the care (spay, neuter/vaccines/heartworm testing, treatment, and preventative/and other general vetting of the animals in the program)… there are no offices, shelter, or paid staff to support.
  • Donate supplies: Food, treats, collars, leads, toys, bedding, crates…and much more!
  • Shop Online and at Sites that Support the Organization: Many rescues now have sites that will donate a portion of sales to the rescue.  It does not cost you any additional money, and really adds up for the rescue organization.
  • Buy rescue merchandise: Show off your love of animals and your passion of saving animals lives by buying merchandise from a rescue.  Rescues often sell hats, shirts, magnets, and more.  Proceeds will help fund your favorite rescue or organization.
  • Educate: Get the word out of animal-related events happening in your area.  Rescues always need volunteers to help spread the word about the work they do.  Often rescues have brochures and other materials available to help publicize their organization and the work they do.

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I’m sure there are even more ways to assist a local shelter or a rescue organization – contact one today to see how YOU can help save the lives of animals!

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“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever”

~Karen Davison

Meet the Pointer Sisters

“I”m so excited, and I just can’t hide it…”

…Well, ok, not the ACTUAL pointer sisters, …more like “sistas-from-otha-mistas!”   😉

 

Another Pointer Rescue, Org (PRO) transport led us to meet Mollie and Emmie, two beautiful and sweet female English Pointers.

We picked up the two gals from another PRO volunteer, Kirk.  He told us how well-behaved the two ladies were on his drive!

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Emmie is already adopted, and this transport was taking Emmie to her forever  home!  She was an absolute joy to ride with in the car, and was so loving the entire ride!  Her forever family is very lucky to be adding Emmie into their lives!

 

Meet Emmie:

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“Sista” number 2, Mollie,  was fresh out of rescue and on her way to her foster home.  Once Mollie is settled in with her foster family, she will be available for adoption through PRO.  Mollie was also quite the sweetheart – full of love and affection!

 

Meet Mollie:

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It truly amazes me with each transport we do – and each rescue dog we meet – -that even though these gentle, innocent beings have been wronged – often abandoned or abused – or both, they still want nothing but to be loved by humans, and will still also show so much affection and love toward humans, even after all that they have been through…  Dogs are truly astonishing creatures.

 

There are many different ways to help either at a local shelter – or a rescue organization.  Just a few hours can make such a difference for a dog in need! Want to assist, but not sure how?  Click HERE !

 

People who say “Money can’t buy you happiness” have never paid an adoption fee 🙂  …Don’t shop adopt!

Santa’s Three Reindeer, and (Christmas) “Eve”

Rescue mission #2… 4 dogs in Kentucky in awful situations…

This past Saturday Brian and I took another road trip to pick up one of 4 German Shorthaired Pointers found abandoned in Kentucky.

The first, and eldest, “Eve” (Christmas Eve).  Eve was found wandering, and thought to be a discarded puppy-mill dog.  It was very obvious that she had been bred over and over again.  Another volunteer from the GSP Rescue of NJ, Ally, kindly adopted this loving senior (assumed to be about 9 years old).

“The Three Reindeer”, “Prancer, Vixen, and Blitzen” , are three 1 year old litter mates, also abandoned in Kentucky.  They were transported as well.  Prancer and Vixen were picked up and being fostered by two other rescue volunteers, and we picked up Blitzen to foster.

Prancer has already been matched up with an approved adopter, has been renamed Belle, and will be moving into her new forever home!

Vixen is at her foster home and awaiting a forever home.

Blitzen (now referred to as Whiskey) came home with us, and will stay with us until tomorrow morning, when I will drive him to another volunteer’s home to be fostered closer to where the approved potential adopters they have for him reside.  This will make it easier for meet-and-greets to be sure that Whiskey is matched up with the right family.

Whiskey has been such a joy to foster these few days.  Despite his past, he is an affectionate boy who enjoys to give and receive love! He is just adorable!

Here are the “Three Reindeer” at our pick-up spot:

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Here is Whiskey:

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Both Vixen and Whiskey need some basic training, but are two beautiful and affectionate German Shorthaired Pointers.   They are now in their foster homes, and up for adoption through the GSP Rescue of NJ.  Pray that these wonderful dogs find their forever homes quickly!!

Thinking of a GSP?  Think rescue! The National GSP Rescue lists regional GSP rescue groups across the United States and Canada. If you are interested in adoption, volunteering, or would like information on how to surrender your dog to rescue (Please do not surrender GSPs to a shelter or abandon them!!!!), please contact the group that covers your state or region.  If there is no contact listed for your state, you can email the National GSP Rescue at rescue@gspca.org .

A GSP rescue will help match you up with the perfect GSP for your family!

 

UPDATE: ALL DOGS IN THIS POST HAVE BEEN ADOPTED!! YAY!